Moscow Orders WNBA Star Brittney Griner To Be Jailed For Another 18 Days

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Brittney Griner should be back on American soil.

In the latest report, Brittney will remain in custody in Russia for 18 more days. Russian news sources report a Russian court extended her detention. Investigators reportedly requested the extension.

On February 17, WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney was detained at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities claimed they found vape cartridges while searching her luggage. The cartridges allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison over there.

On March 17, Moscow extended Brittney’s arrest until May 19. Around this time, the U.S. State Department determined Russia “wrongfully detained” Brittney. On May 13 Brittney’s lawyer said his client’s pretrial detention in Russia was extended for one more month.

In Brittney’s hometown in Houston, Texas, ABC reports gathered outside the Toyota Center, demanding her release on June 6. Mayor Sylvester Turner deemed 6/6 “Brittney Griner Day.”

U.S. Marine Trevor Reed also advocated for Brittney’s release. He said, “I was wrongfully detained in Russia in 2019, and I was a prisoner there for 985 days.” Her family believes B.G. is being used as a political pawn. Biden admitted Brittney was wrongfully detained.

Last week, NBA stars, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony spoke out for Brittney’s release. Carmelo said, “Let’s bring attention to this matter by sharing BG’s story and signing the petition: #WeareBG.” LeBron’s message was similar, he said “We need to come together and help do whatever we possibly can to bring BG home quickly and safely!! Our voice as athletes is stronger together.” In another message, he said, “It is imperative that the U.S. Government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to return Brittney home.”

Last month, Brittney’s wife, Cherelle, spoke out on Good Morning America. Cherelle said she’s urging Biden to take more action. She said, “I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a political pawn,” Cherelle Griner said. “So if they’re holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it.” She also said she’s been getting a lot of support from the WNBA, which is comforting.